This course is designed to prepare the Massage Therapist for working with clients in a hospital and/or other medical setting. Topics include professional relationships, common conditions leading to hospitalization, medications, lymphatic massage, research literacy, documentation, and clinical experience.
This course can be taken as an “add on” to the massage therapy program or taken as continuing education for the currently practicing massage therapist.
Course Hours: 72 hours
• 5 – 8 hr. days of in class instruction
• 32 hours of Clinical Practice
Course Calendar – Summer Program
Core Program (Classroom) 40 clock hours Tuesdays 9-5 (Dates TBD)
Clinical Experience 32 hours 8-4 hour clinicals – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Dates TBD)
Course Topics include professional relationships, common conditions leading to hospitalization, medications, lymphatic massage, research literacy, documentation, and clinical experience.
The clinical experience will be held at Port Huron Hospital (PHH). There will be an orientation at the hospital conducted by PHH staff. It is required that students in this course abide by all the school guidelines and requirements as well as those of the hospital.
General Education Information
A contact hour is defined as 50 minutes in the presence of an instructor for each hour of credit given.
We have a 1:8 teacher to student ratio for the Hospital Based Course.
Those completing this course will receive a certificate of completion and 72 CEUs.
Massage Therapists completing this course will be able to:
• Perform appropriate massage techniques for comfort care on diverse patient populations.
• Obtain information from patient’s charts and record documentation of session.
• Interact comfortably with hospital staff.
• Describe common medical devices and procedures.
• Apply appropriate massage pressure, avoid applicable site restrictions, and use appropriate positioning for patients according to their specific medical condition.
• Describe appropriate boundaries for both therapist patient and therapist hospital staff interactions.
• Apply appropriate infection control practices with all massage encounters in the hospital.
• Understand common medical conditions and symptoms and how they relate to the massage session.
• Discuss hospital research involving massage therapy.
• Demonstrate correct body mechanics for the hospital environment.
Admission Requirements (including prerequisites)
• Be 18 years of age or older
• High school diploma or equivalent (GED)
• Demonstrate ability to perform college level course work through previous GPA and/or college entrance testing
• Be of good moral character (background check required)
• Be self motivated and responsible for your own learning
• Be conversant in written and oral English
• Meet all health requirements (see section 6.2)
• Completion of a Massage Therapy program of at least 500 hours of education
• 40 hours of pathology (those not meeting this requirement can take it as a co-requisite)
• Michigan Licensure (before certificate of completion will be issued)
• Professional Liability Insurance
• Two Letters of Recommendation (Forms available at the school)
The school does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, nationality, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
Application: Those ready to apply for admission need to submit a completed application form along with proof of High School graduation or GED and transcripts from your Massage Therapy training. You will also need to submit two professional recommendations. Recommendation forms are available upon request. Applicants will be scheduled for an admissions interview.
Interview: Upon completion of the interview, students will be notified of their acceptance by mail or telephone. Upon acceptance, students must read the HBM Handbook and sign the enrollment agreement.
Paperwork / Financial Agreement: All paperwork will need to be completed including any financial paperwork or payment plan agreements.
Medical Requirements: The hospital requires that all students practicing in their facility. Students must provide evidence of meeting these requirements at the interview.
1. MMR – MMR Vaccine x 2 doses or titers showing immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella
2. Varicella – history of the disease or Varicella Vaccine x 2 doses
3. Hepatitis B – series of 3 doses or initiated series
4. Tdap – Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis vaccine up to date
5. TB test – current within one year (history of positive TB test- negative chest x-ray)
6. Influenza Vaccine – annually, if medical reason for declination, provide medical statement from doctor
Tuition $ 1200.00
Tuition includes textbook and school logo polo shirt, and a background check. This background check is different from the one required for licensure and is required.
Students will need to comply with the hospital’s medical requirements. The cost for these items is the students responsibility.
The costs for licensure and liability insurance are the responsibility of the student.
For the Classroom Experience students will need sheets and lubricant.
For the Clinical Experience students will need clean khaki pants that are in good condition and clean athletic shoes.
$700.00 down, $250 by July 8, and $250 by August 7. All tuition must be paid in full to receive your certificate of completion.
1. All tuition and fees paid by the applicant will be refunded if the applicant is rejected by the school before enrollment.
2. Once class begins, $700 of the tuition is non-refundable.
3. Once the clinical experience has begun, all tuition is non-refundable.